What I’m Talkin’ About! Tony Hansberry II Gifted Young Inventor

28 Apr

If you’ve enjoyed any of the posts on my blog, you may have realized that a consistent theme is “wasted talent”. Wasted talent is that portion of American kids who don’t or aren’t able to achieve to their fullest because of lack of political will – or “isms” limiting their opportunity (including poor white kids).

Being a “techie” – when I see something like this… It makes my heart glad…

14-year-old ‘surgeon’ to present findings today
The ninth-grader developed a new technique for sewing up hysterectomy patients

Tony Hansberry II - 14 Year Old Inventor

Tony Hansberry II - 14 Year Old Inventor

A Jacksonville researcher has developed a way of sewing up patients after hysterectomies that stands to reduce the risk of complications and simplify the tricky procedure for less-seasoned surgeons.

Oh, and he’s 14 years old.

Feel free to read that again.

Tony Hansberry II is a ninth-grader who, as it happens, will be presenting his findings today before an auditorium filled with doctors just like any of his board-certified – and decades older – colleagues would. He would say he was following in the footsteps of “Doogie Howser, M.D.” – if he weren’t too young to have heard of the television show.

Instead, he says that his remarkable accomplishments are merely steps toward his ultimate goal of becoming a University of Florida-trained neurosurgeon.

“I just want to help people and be respected, knowing that I can save lives,” said Tony, the son of a registered nurse mom and an African Methodist Episcopal church pastor dad.

Kudos, Tony!

1 Comment

Posted by on April 28, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life


One response to “What I’m Talkin’ About! Tony Hansberry II Gifted Young Inventor

  1. brotherbrown

    April 29, 2009 at 1:33 AM

    I think I may have attended FAMU with Tony Hansberry 1.0. I can certainly believe the Tony Hansberry I knew then would be a pastor today. I bet Tony 2 will reach his goals. What a remarkable young man.



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